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Profile of the Day: Felipe VI

Posted June 19, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today Spain has a new king. Felipe VI was officially sworn in as the new king of Spain at the Spanish parliament Thursday morning, following the abdication of his father, Juan Carlos. Felipe was born in Madrid, Spain on January 30, 1968. Like several members of his family, Felipe was an Olympic athlete. He competed as a member of the Spanish Olympic sailing team in 1992. In 2004, he married former CNN journalist Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sir Francis Drake

Posted June 17, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On June 17, 1579, during his attempt to circumnavigate the globe, English privateer Sir Francis Drake landed of the coast on what is today California and claimed it for England. Named “Nova Albion” by Drake, the land was one of the earliest English territorial claims in the New World. In 1581, he was awarded a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth I. The precise location of Nova Albion was carefully guarded to keep it a secret from… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alfred Hitchcock

Posted June 16, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho? On June 16, 1960, the classic horror film made its premiere in New York City. Starring Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins, the film is considered one of Hitchcock’s best and has become one of the most recognizable films in cinema history. With surprising plot twists and carefully framed scenes, the film broke from traditional conventions of movie making to terrify audiences for years to come. Did Hitchcock’s classic… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Butler Yeats

Posted June 13, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have you read the poems by William Butler Yeats? On June 13, 1865, the Irish poet was born in Dublin, Ireland to John and Susan Yeats. Considered one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature, Yeats writings were a  driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival. In 1923, he became the first Irishman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Literature. Aware of the significance, Yeats used the opportunity to highlight Ireland’s new… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Anne Frank

Posted June 12, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank Today we remember Anne Frank, who was born June 12, 1929 in Frankfurt, Germany. During World War II, her family went into hiding to escape the Nazis. While in hiding, Anne kept a diary of her thoughts, desires and experiences. For two years, the family lived in secret with four others in a small annex…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Wayne

Posted June 11, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a fan of Westerns? Today we remember John Wayne, who died on June 11, 1979 at the age of 72. One of the top box office draws for three decades, Wayne continues to endure as one of America’s greatest cultural icons. He was born Marion Robert Morrison in Winterset, Iowa on May 26, 1907. His middle name was soon changed to Mitchell when his parents decided to name their next son Robert. The… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Judy Garland

Posted June 10, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching The Wizard of Oz? Today we remember legendary actress Judy Garland, who was born on June 10, 1922 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Judy was born Frances Ethel Gumm to Ethel Marion and Francis Avent Gumm, both vaudeville performers. She began her career at an early age, and by 16, she scored one of her greatest roles as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. The classic film continues to remain a favorite of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Johnny Depp

Posted June 9, 2014 by Amanda | One Comment
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Happy birthday, Johnny Depp! Today the Pirates of the Caribbean star tuns 51. He was born John Christopher Depp II in Owensboro, Kentucky in 1963 to parents John and Betty Sue Depp. Johnny got his big break on the television series 21 Jump Street and since then, he’s shaped his highly successful career with numerous challenging and versatile roles. Some of his most memorable films include Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hallow and the box office smashing Pirates of the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.

Posted June 6, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Seventy years ago, thousands of Allied soldiers stormed the beaches of Normandy in an offensive that would help lead to the defeat of the Third Reich and the end of World War II in Europe. One brave soldier present that day was Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., the eldest son of President Theodore Roosevelt. Roosevelt was the only general on D-Day to land by sea with the first wave of troops with the aid of a cane and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mark Wahlberg

Posted June 5, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Mark Wahlberg! Today the Academy Award nominee turns 43. He was born Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg in Dorchester, Massachusetts and is the youngest of nine children. His first experience with fame came when his older brother Donnie found success as a member of the boyband New Kids on the Block. Soon he began recording music as Marky Mark, headlining the group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. Mark successfully transformed his career from… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Angelina Jolie

Posted June 4, 2014 by Amanda | One Comment
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Happy birthday, Angelina Jolie! Today the award winning star turns 39. She’s currently staring in Maleficent, a re-imagining of Disney’s classic Sleeping Beauty villain. Did you know that her daughter Vivienne plays a young Aurora in the movie? Many of the young children on set were so scared of Angelina’s portrayal of Maleficent that they were unable to perform the scene. Because of her physical resemblance to the character, and being the only child not afraid of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Duke and Duchess of Windsor

Posted June 3, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On June 3, 1937, the duke of Windsor married Wallis Simpson at the Château de Candé in France. Only a few months earlier, the Duke abdicated the British throne after news of the couple’s engagement threatened to cause a constitutional crisis early in his reign. Edward was born in 1896 and was the eldest son of King George V. Upon his father’s death, he succeeded to the throne and proclaimed his intent to marry Wallis. The British… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ann B. Davis

Posted June 2, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Farewell, Alice. Yesterday, June 1, actress Ann B. Davis died at the age of 88. She was born May 5, 1926 in Schenectady, New York to Marguerite and Cassius Davis. She had an identical twin sister named Harriet. Davis was best known for her role as beloved housekeeper Alice on The Brady Bunch. For five seasons, she donned her trademark light blue maid’s uniform and white apron and entertained television audiences around the country, often scoring… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Hernando de Soto

Posted May 30, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On May 30, 1539, Spanish explorer and conquistador Hernando de Soto landed in Florida. Born to a noble but poor family, de Soto was drawn to the glory and wealth garnered from military fame. A key figure in the successful conquest of Peru, he returned to Spain a wealthy man. In 1938, he set sail to North America with a fleet of 10 ships and a crew of 700 men in search for gold. His expedition… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bob Hope

Posted May 29, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember laughing at the comedic genius of Bob Hope? He was born Leslie Townes Hope on May 29, 1903 in Eltham, England. With a career spanning over 60 years, Hope conquered almost every entertainment medium, including vaudeville, radio, stage, and television. He appeared in over 70 films and shorts, authored numerous books and hosted the Academy Awards a record-setting 18 times. Between 1941 – 1991, he made 57 tours for the USO, bringing his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Maya Angelou

Posted May 28, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember legendary poet, writer and civil rights activist Maya Agnelou, who has died at the age of 86. Beloved and admired by many, Angelou made literary history when she published her best-selling memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, in 1969 and became the first African-American woman to have a non-fiction best-seller. She was a prolific writer, penning more than 30 books, and received numerous awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rosemary Clooney

Posted May 23, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On May 23, 1928, singer and actress Rosemary Clooney was born in Maysville, Kentucky. A successful jazz vocalist, Clooney first rose to prominence in the early 1950s with the novelty hit “Come On-a My House.” One of five children, she and several of her siblings became successful entertainers, as did their children. Today, her nephew, George Clooney, is one of the most highly sought after stars in Hollywood. Rosemary Clooney is connected to over 75… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Arthur Conan Doyle

Posted May 22, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a fan of Sherlock Holmes? On this day in 1859, author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Supported by wealthy uncles, Doyle was sent to the Roman Catholic Jesuit preparatory school, Hodder Place, Stonyhurst, at the age of 9. He studied medicine at the University of Ediniburgh Medical School and it was there that he began writing short stories. Doyle’s first Sherlock Holmes publication appeared in 1887. Doyle would go… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Amelia Earhart

Posted May 21, 2014 by Hiromimarie | No Comment
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Today in 1932, aviator Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean. She started the flight on May 20, 1932 from Harbour Grace, Newfoundland and intended to fly to Paris, but do to bad weather she landed in a pasture in Derry, Northern Ireland. Earhart received the Distinguished Flying Cross from Congress, the Cross of Knight of the Legion of Honor from the French Government and the Gold Medal… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Cher

Posted May 20, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Cher! Today the music legend turns 68. Cher was born in El Centro, California on May 20, 1946. She rose to stardom as part of a singing act with her husband, Sonny Bono. The duo was best known for the hit song “I Got You Babe” and their immensely popular variety show The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour. After the couple divorced, Cher embarked on her own, producing more chart toppers such as… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Posted May 19, 2014 by Amanda | 2 Comments
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Today we remember Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who passed away May 19, 1994 from cancer. She was born Jacqueline Lee Bouvier on July 28, 1929 in Southampton, New York. In 1953, Jackie married John F. Kennedy in a lavish ceremony, which was considered the social event of the season. During her husband’s presidency, she was the youngest first lady in nearly 80 years. Her keen sense of fashion made her a fashion icon worldwide. To this… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henry Fonda

Posted May 16, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching Yours, Mine and Ours? On this day in 1905, star Henry Fonda was born in Grand Island, Nebraska. Fonda was the patriarch of a family of famous actors, including children Jane and Peter Fonda and granddaughter Bridget Fonda. With a nearly 50-year career in the movies, Fonda is widely considered one of the greatest actors in history. Some of his other classic films include The Grapes of Wrath, 12 Angry Men, and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: L. Frank Baum

Posted May 15, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Did you love the story of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz while you were growing up? Author L. Frank Baum was born on May 15, 1856 in Chittenango, New York. A popular children’s book writer, Baum is best remembered for his story of Dorothy and her dog Toto and their adventure home after a tornado transports them to the magical land of Oz. First published on May 17, 1900, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was a commercial and critical… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bobby Darin

Posted May 14, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Remember the song “Splish Splash”? On May 14, 1936, singer Bobby Darin was born in the Bronx, New York. Darin recorded his first mega hit “Splish Splash” in 1958, and followed with a string of best selling records that brought him world fame. He was raised by his grandparents, who he believed were his parents for most of his life. When his mother became pregnant at the age of 16, the family hatched the plan to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: President James K. Polk

Posted May 13, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have ancestors who served in the Mexican-American War? On May 13, 1846, the U.S. Congress overwhelmingly approved President James K. Polk’s request to declare war on Mexico in the wake of a dispute over Texas. The Republic of Texas had declared their independence from Mexico after the Texas Revolution, and sought to join the United States as a new state. Boundary disputes lead to increasing tension between the two nations, eventually escalating to war. After… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Katharine Hepburn

Posted May 12, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have a favorite Katharine Hepburn movie? On May 12, 1907, the legendary actress was born in Hartford, Connecticut. Katharine came from wealthy and progressive family. Her father was a noted urologist and proponent of educating the public about venereal diseases and her mother headed the Connecticut Woman Suffrage Association. With her headstrong independence and unconventional attitude, Katharine came to epitomize the “modern woman” in 20th century America. Throughout her long and notable career,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: J.M. Barrie

Posted May 9, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember the story of Peter Pan? On May 9, 1860, playwright J.M. Barrie was born in Kirriemuir, Scotland. James Matthew Barrie was the ninth child of ten born to a conservative Calvinist family. He moved to London to pursue a career as a novelist and playwright. It was there that he first met the Llewelyn Davies boys, who would inspire him to write of the mischievous boy who can fly and never grow up…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Melissa Gilbert

Posted May 8, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching Little House on the Prairie? Today star Melissa Gilbert turns 50! Born in Los Angeles, California, Melissa grew up in the entertainment business. She was adopted by actor Paul Gilbert and actress Barbara Crane, the daughter of The Honeymooners creator Harry Crane. She began her career at a young age, appearing in numerous commercials and guest spots on television. In 1974, she landed the role of Laura Ingalls Wilder on the series… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Eva Peron

Posted May 7, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On May 7, 1919, Eva Perón, one of the most influential women in South American history, was born in the rural village of Los Toldos, Argentina. With little-to-no money, she moved to the nation’s capital at the age of 15 to pursue a career as a model and actress. In 1945, she married Juan Perón, who became president of Argentina the following year. As the First Lady of Argentina, Eva used her position to fight for women’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Clooney

Posted May 6, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday George Clooney! The newly engaged actor is still looking good at 53. George was born in Lexington, Kentucky on May 6, 1961 to Nina Bruce, a city councilwoman, and Nick Clooney, a former anchorman and game show host. After finding success on the television show ER, Clooney transitioned to the big screen as the star of several box office hits. His work behind the scenes has also brought him plenty of award recognition…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Tammy Wynette

Posted May 5, 2014 by Hiromimarie | No Comment
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On May 5, 1942, country musician Tammy Wynette was born in Bounds, Mississippi. Her birth name was Virginia Wynette Pugh, she decided to use the stage name Tammy Wynette once she was signed with Epic Records. Wynette’s best known song was “Stand by Your Man” and she was called the “First Lady of Country Music”. She charted 23 No. 1 songs in the late 1960s to early 1970s which included “Stand by Your Man”, “Take… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Benjamin Spock

Posted May 2, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Did you or your parents use Benjamin Spock’s parenting advice book Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care? On this day in 1903, the American pediatrician was born in New Haven, Connecticut. Published in 1946, the parenting book is one of the best-selling books of all time. Throughout its first 52 years, Baby and Child Care was the second-best-selling book, next to the Bible. At the time of publication, his ideas about childcare were a great… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Albert, Prince Consort

Posted May 1, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On May 1, 1851, the Great Exhibition opened at the Crystal Palace in London. Conceived by Prince Albert, the exhibit was the first in a series of World’s Fair exhibitions of culture and industrial innovation. When Prince Albert married Queen Victoria at the age of 20, he found himself constrained by his position as consort. Over time, he adopted many public causes, such as educational reform and a worldwide abolition of slavery. Prince Albert also… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Willie Nelson

Posted April 30, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy 81st birthday to Willie Nelson! Born during the Great Depression and raised by his grandparents, Willie developed a love for music at an early age. At the age of 6, his grandfather bought him his first guitar and by 7, he had written his first song. Throughout his childhood, Willie earned money by performing at local dance halls and taverns. In 1950, he joined the United States Air Force. Willie gained fame during the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jerry Seinfeld

Posted April 29, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday Jerry Seinfeld! Can you believe today the comedian turns 60? Jerry was born Jerome Allen Seinfeld on April 29, 1954 in Brooklyn, New York. His father was a sign maker of Hungarian Jewish descent and his mother is of Syrian Jewish descent. He got his start in stand-up comedy while in college. In 1988, Jerry developed the hit sitcom Seinfeld with fellow comedian Larry David. The show proved to be a huge success, running… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harper Lee

Posted April 28, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember reading To Kill a Mocking Bird? On April 28, 1926, author Harper Lee was born in Monroeville, Alabama. A classic of modern American literature, Lee’s novel was an immediate success with both critics and the public. She would go on to win the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for her one and only novel. Did you know Harper Lee was childhood friends with author Truman Capote? She helped serve as Capote’s research assistant for… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ella Fitzgerald

Posted April 25, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a jazz fan? Today we celebrate legendary singer Ella Fitzgerald’s birthday! The “Queen of Jazz” was born in Newport News, Virginia on April 25, 1917 to William and Temperance Fitzgerald. At the age of 17, she made her singing debut at the famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York. Her performance set her career in motion and onto a path of stardom. Her extraordinary vocal range and her ability to improvise in her… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Adams

Posted April 24, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have you ever used the Library of Congress for your genealogy research? On this day in 1800, President John Adams approved legislation to appropriate $5,000 to purchase “such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress,” thus establishing the Library of Congress. The initial books came from London and the collection was housed in the new Capitol. In 1814, invading British troops had set fire to several government buildings, including the Capitol, destroying… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Shakespeare

Posted April 23, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a lover of Shakespeare? Today we celebrate the 450th birthday of the great bard, William Shakespeare. Although the exact day of his birth is not known, record of his christening at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon show he was baptized on April 26, 1564. From this, scholars believe he was born on April 23, 1564. Considered one of the most influential writers in history, his writing is the second most quoted next to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Isabella I of Castile

Posted April 22, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have ancestors that hail from Spain? On this day in 1451, Isabella I of Castile was born in Madrigal de las Altas Torres, Spain. As queen of Castile and León, she and her husband, Ferdinand II of Aragon, brought stability to the kingdoms that became the basis for the political unification of Spain under their grandson, Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. In 1492, Isabella and Ferdinand sponsored Christopher Columbus‘ westward expedition to the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elizabeth II

Posted April 21, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy 88th birthday to Queen Elizabeth! She was born Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary on April 21, 1926, in London. At the time of her birth, no one would have predicted that she would someday become queen. Her father, Prince Albert, succeeded to the throne after his brother, King Edward VIII, abdicated the throne six months into his reign. Queen Elizabeth II is one of the longest reigning monarchs in the history of Great Britain. By… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Paul Revere

Posted April 18, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On the night of April 18, 1775, Paul Revere began his infamous ride to warn American colonists that British forces were advancing toward Lexington and Concord. Revere and fellow rider William Dawes successfully reached Lexington to warn Patriot leaders Samuel Adams and John Hancock before setting out towards Concord. Along the way, they were joined by Samuel Prescott, a young patriot. Of the three men, Prescott was the only one to arrive to Concord to warn… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: The Brothers Grimm

Posted April 17, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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This week, the U.S. celebrates National Library Week. In honor of this literary celebration, we’re highlighting folktale storytellers the Brothers Grimm. Did you know Jacob Grimm also served as royal librarian for Napoleon Bonaparte‘s brother, Jérôme, King of Westphalia? Influenced by the rise of German romanticism in the 19th century, Jacob and his brother Wilhelm collected and recorded the folklore of their region, with an emphasis on recording German oral storytelling. Their collection would later be… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Wilbur Wright

Posted April 16, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have any aviators in your family tree? On April 16, 1867, Wilbur Wright was born in Millville, Indiana. One half of the famous Wright Brothers, Wilbur and his brother Orville had shared a passion and curiosity for flight at a young age. Together they invented the world’s first successful airplane, making the first successful man-powered airplane flight near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on December 17, 1903. The brothers always shared credit for their inventions… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Leonardo da Vinci

Posted April 15, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On April 15, 1452, famed inventor and artist Leonardo da Vinci was born in Vinci, Italy. An Italian Renaissance polymath, his genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest painters of all time; some of his famous works include the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. His technological ingenuity was unparalleled, conceptualizing designs for flying machines and tanks well ahead of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Abraham Lincoln

Posted April 14, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot in Ford’s Theatre by John Wilkes Booth. Mortally wounded, President Lincoln was carried to a lodging house across from the theater. He would die early the next morning, making him the first U.S. president to be assassinated. The attack came just days after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his army at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, effectively ending the American Civil War. President Abraham Lincoln… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Stephen Colbert

Posted April 11, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Congratulations to Stephen Colbert! It was announced yesterday that the talented host of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report will be succeeding David Letterman as the host of the The Late Show after Letterman retires in 2015. Funny must run in the family, it tuns out Letterman is Colbert’s 7th cousin once removed! Letterman will be celebrating his 67th birthday on April 12. Maybe the pair can make it a family affair with a double celebration. What… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Paul McCartney

Posted April 10, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember where you were when you heard The Beatles were breaking up? On this day in 1970, Paul McCartney announced he was leaving The Beatles. McCartney’s songwriting partnership with John Lennon was one of the most celebrated of the 20th century. By the end of 1969 and into the beginning of 1970, their working relationship had fallen apart and the group as whole began to disintegrate. After the band’s break-up, the members pursued their… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henry V of England

Posted April 9, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On April 9, 1413, Henry V was crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey. Considered one of the great warrior kings in English history, Henry V led two successful invasions of France, culminating in his famous victory at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415. After his sudden death in 1422, he was succeeded by his infant son, who reigned as Henry VI. Fun fact: Henry V was featured in three plays by his cousin William Shakespeare. The… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Betty Ford

Posted April 8, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember former First Lady Betty Ford, who was born April 8, 1918 in Chicago, Illinois. She was the third child and only daughter of William Stephenson Bloomer, Sr., a traveling salesman, and his wife, Hortense. During her husband’s presidency, Betty was highly active in social policy and set the precedent as a politically active presidential wife. She continued her social work long after leaving the White House. Betty was open about her own… Read the full story

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